Gov. Quinn appoints Northern Illinois University (NIU) physical education professor to state Council on Health and Physical Fitness

Dr. Clersida Garcia was recently appointed to a four-year seat on the Governor’s Council on Health and Physical Fitness. The council, comprised of 50 members, serves to encourage Illinois citizens to participate in health and fitness activities. Members work closely with Gov. Pat Quinn in promoting and sponsoring public sporting and physical fitness events.

Dr. Garcia is a professor in NIU College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KNPE). She is an expert in the field of physical education and has given lectures and presentations at state, national, and international conferences in both teaching and research. She is founder of the Motor Development Research Program which serves young children in the DeKalb-Sycamore community. She started the program to provide opportunities for NIU students to practice teaching and observe the development of motor skills in children.
Dr. Garcia has made a lifelong commitment to provide services to the community and enhance health awareness, nutrition, and physical activity, among other social needs. Holding a seat on the Governor’s Council on Health and Physical Fitness not only rewards her individual accomplishments, but underscores KNPE’s position as an intellectual leader in physical education issues statewide